3’7″x4’6″ Seychour Kuba, c. 1900, Eastern Caucasus
A famous East Caucasian type, this example illustrates its most iconic field ‘cross ‘design. In place of the usual ‘Georgian’ major border which typifies the group, this rug has two virtually co-equal borders which display meander designs .The black color has corroded away, indicating the presence of an unstable mordant used in the dying process. This phenomenon is common in antique rugs. Well-illustrated in the literature, Ian Bennett depicts seven rugs of this type in his book, “Oriental Rugs Volume One Caucasian”, published in 1981. Our rug dates to the late 19th or early 20th century.